Mishthi Music

We are an online mixtape for Brown-ish music. We sometimes also actually make mixtapes - see BeatsForBangladesh.org for our latest creation.

The Writers

"All I want to do is shake my turban." - Peter Singh

Check out this short documentary about a Sikh Elvis impersonator in England called, ” Rocking With a Sikh” and produced in 1986.

And after you are done watching that - read this 1990 NYT article:

Peter Singh, an Indian whose Sikh religion requires him to wear a turban, recalled how Elvis Presley came to him in a dream in 1980 to say, ”You’re the next one.”

”Elvis said I would entertain millions of people,” the 43-year-old Mr. Singh said with a Welsh lilt before a recent performance at a community center in West London, ”and that I would be wearing a white suit. Three weeks later, I had the white suit. Now I’m the rocking Sikh. I don’t smoke dope. I don’t drink bourbon. All I want to do is shake my turban.”

War of the Words: Rap Battles in Nepal

My instinct within the first ten seconds of listening to this track was to hate it. The song title "Wigidi Wac" was so problematic and the video couldn’t be more cliched. But one minute into it, I was like heroin addict fiending for more. I loved the how the production samples heavily from 90s throwbacks. I love how parts of the video are filmed on the streets of Pakistan. I love Adil Omar’s deadpan flow.


I checked out the TMVSC (short for "The Miami Vice Sound Crack" and hailing from LA) album over at bandcamp - the WAC TAPE - and I absolutely love how 90s it all sounds with the fantastic samples and that new millennial twist. And, of course, an ill flow from all the folks rapping on this.


[Harish] Raghavan has played/toured with Kurt Elling, Taylor Eigsti, Vijay Iyer, Ambrose Akinmusire, Eric Harland, Mark Turner, Aaron Parks, Greg Osby, Billy Childs, Benny Green, Geoffry Keezer, Terrell Stafford, Mike Moreno, Rodney Green, Logan Richardson, Fabian Almazan, Justin Brown, Dayna Stephens, Julian Lage, Gerald Clayton, Marcus Gilmore, Walter Smith III, among others.
Raghavan grew up in Northbrook, Illinois, just north of Chicago. At age eight he began studying Western and Indian percussion, and later switched to the double bass at seventeen. He studied bass with John Clayton at the University of Southern California and also with Robert Hurst. During his years in Los Angeles he recorded and played with many legendary West Coast musicians.
In 2009 he was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition.
Raghavan is a regular instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and the Jazz at Centrum summer program in Port Townsend, Washington. He is featured on pianist Taylor Eigsti’s 2010 Concord release, Daylight at Midnight.

[Harish] Raghavan has played/toured with Kurt Elling, Taylor Eigsti, Vijay Iyer, Ambrose Akinmusire, Eric Harland, Mark Turner, Aaron Parks, Greg Osby, Billy Childs, Benny Green, Geoffry Keezer, Terrell Stafford, Mike Moreno, Rodney Green, Logan Richardson, Fabian Almazan, Justin Brown, Dayna Stephens, Julian Lage, Gerald Clayton, Marcus Gilmore, Walter Smith III, among others.

Raghavan grew up in Northbrook, Illinois, just north of Chicago. At age eight he began studying Western and Indian percussion, and later switched to the double bass at seventeen. He studied bass with John Clayton at the University of Southern California and also with Robert Hurst. During his years in Los Angeles he recorded and played with many legendary West Coast musicians.

In 2009 he was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition.

Raghavan is a regular instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and the Jazz at Centrum summer program in Port Townsend, Washington. He is featured on pianist Taylor Eigsti’s 2010 Concord release, Daylight at Midnight.

DaysDeaf - “Giving Life To Greys”

Soulful and cerebral Toronto artist DaysDeaf’s first single Giving Life To Greysis an epically gorgeous wash of greys. DaysDeaf is Manvir Rai, has been seen making the musical rounds with Desi-Pop star Selena Dhillon and has an album out now "When Colour Lost Light"  available at bandcamp now.

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